Psychiatrists in Guthrie, OK

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Jennifer Dunning
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. During her clinical studies, she completed a College of Medicine fellowship in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Hope Center of Edmond, providing prenatal/postpartum services. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. Upon graduation, she was awarded the OU Health Science Center Joseph J.
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. During her clinical studies, she completed a College of Medicine fellowship in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Hope Center of Edmond, providing prenatal/postpartum services. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. Upon graduation, she was awarded the OU Health Science Center Joseph J.
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Skye Helker
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
(405) 296-7026 View (405) 296-7026
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Ketamine Therapy at LifeStance Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
(405) 927-5025 View (405) 927-5025
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Karon Potter
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
(405) 554-9663 View (405) 554-9663
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Natalie Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
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Jillian Pollard
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
(405) 817-6328 View (405) 817-6328
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Alicia Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Alicia Thompson is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2000. She completed her undergraduate training, receiving a BS in Psychology with some graduate course work. She worked with the Intellectually disabled and in chemical dependency during that time and while applying to medical school. Alicia attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for Medical School, General Psychiatric Residency, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During her General Psychiatric training she rotated through pediatric specialties in the place of adult ones, because she knew my primary focus would be working with children.
Alicia Thompson is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2000. She completed her undergraduate training, receiving a BS in Psychology with some graduate course work. She worked with the Intellectually disabled and in chemical dependency during that time and while applying to medical school. Alicia attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for Medical School, General Psychiatric Residency, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During her General Psychiatric training she rotated through pediatric specialties in the place of adult ones, because she knew my primary focus would be working with children.
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Melanie Barrett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73025
Dr. Melanie Barrett received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine following undergraduate studies in Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, where she served as Chief Resident. She maintains board certification through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett specializes in interventional treatments including Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression as well as Spravato (esketamine) and ketamine IV therapy for treatment resistant depression.
Dr. Melanie Barrett received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine following undergraduate studies in Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, where she served as Chief Resident. She maintains board certification through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett specializes in interventional treatments including Zulresso (brexanolone) for postpartum depression as well as Spravato (esketamine) and ketamine IV therapy for treatment resistant depression.
(405) 645-6034 View (405) 645-6034

Online Psychiatrists

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Patrick Ellis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
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Nicoline Lami Edie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Welcome! I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, I work with addiction medicine and is committed to helping as many patients in need as I can. With patient safety in mind, I am more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage. Also, private pay is available to suit your needs as well. Why wait? Call us today!
Welcome! I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, I work with addiction medicine and is committed to helping as many patients in need as I can. With patient safety in mind, I am more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage. Also, private pay is available to suit your needs as well. Why wait? Call us today!
(405) 873-7130 View (405) 873-7130
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Dustin O Hayes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
(918) 416-3039 View (918) 416-3039
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Annie Cloud
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Annie Cloud PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oklahoma City University in 2018. Prior to PA school, she received a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2011. Before joining LifeStance Health, she worked as a PA in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care. Her main goal is helping her patients feel their best mentally, physically, and emotionally. In her free time, Annie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, running, and fostering dogs through a local rescue.
Annie Cloud PA-C, graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oklahoma City University in 2018. Prior to PA school, she received a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2011. Before joining LifeStance Health, she worked as a PA in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care. Her main goal is helping her patients feel their best mentally, physically, and emotionally. In her free time, Annie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, running, and fostering dogs through a local rescue.
(405) 925-0874 View (405) 925-0874
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Rebecca Cline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
(918) 727-7673 View (918) 727-7673
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Jared Keck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Jared Keck is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. His educational journey started at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Health and Exercise Sciences. In 2015, Jared decided to go into nursing, graduating with his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2016 from Oklahoma City Community College. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was acquired in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Jared Keck is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. His educational journey started at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Health and Exercise Sciences. In 2015, Jared decided to go into nursing, graduating with his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2016 from Oklahoma City Community College. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was acquired in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
(405) 925-1849 View (405) 925-1849
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James Henneberry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, mood, post-traumatic, psychotic, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. As an out of network provider, I offer services of psychotherapy (with or without medications) and focused medication visits. If you have established a relationship with another therapist and would like to continue to work with them, I am able to offer medication only visits.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, mood, post-traumatic, psychotic, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. As an out of network provider, I offer services of psychotherapy (with or without medications) and focused medication visits. If you have established a relationship with another therapist and would like to continue to work with them, I am able to offer medication only visits.
(405) 582-3799 View (405) 582-3799
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Sylvie Mawoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
(405) 987-3730 View (405) 987-3730
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Karyn Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73112  (Online Only)
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
(405) 450-7167 View (405) 450-7167
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Dr. Sean Whelan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
The ideal patient for Dr. Sean Whelan is between the ages of 18-69. They are seeking services for psychotropic med to assist with varying disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, or Bipolar; however, they are interested in the least amount of medication/dosage to maintain stability and optimum functioning. Our ideal patient's desire change and are significantly focused on factors within their personal control. Our patient's are desiring to make lifestyle changes to optimize their health such as maintaining a certain level of dedication to sleep, exercise, and/or re-evaluate relationships that are not serving them.
The ideal patient for Dr. Sean Whelan is between the ages of 18-69. They are seeking services for psychotropic med to assist with varying disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, or Bipolar; however, they are interested in the least amount of medication/dosage to maintain stability and optimum functioning. Our ideal patient's desire change and are significantly focused on factors within their personal control. Our patient's are desiring to make lifestyle changes to optimize their health such as maintaining a certain level of dedication to sleep, exercise, and/or re-evaluate relationships that are not serving them.
(405) 251-6697 View (405) 251-6697
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Safe space psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73105  (Online Only)
Ferdinand “Freddy” Akoko has a decade of experience in healthcare. His love for mental health started at 17 while working for Veterans Affairs. Freddy believes in taking an integrative approach to mental health treatment and in the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. He believes that the right medications plus the right tools equal the right response.
Ferdinand “Freddy” Akoko has a decade of experience in healthcare. His love for mental health started at 17 while working for Veterans Affairs. Freddy believes in taking an integrative approach to mental health treatment and in the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. He believes that the right medications plus the right tools equal the right response.
(405) 829-6403 View (405) 829-6403

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Guthrie, OK

< 10

Psychiatrists in Guthrie, OK who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Medication Management
88% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Guthrie, OK see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Guthrie?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.